Riyad Mahrez the match-winner as Leicester City climb away from danger

Riyad Mahrez scored an early brace to move Leicester City three points clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester City’s incredible run of form has seen them catapult themselves out of the bottom three in the Premier League standings and edge closer to safety.

They have won six of their last seven games, with their only dropped points coming against champions Chelsea since the start of April.

Their latest victory, a comfortable 2-0 success against Europa League-chasing Southampton, came thanks to an early brace from winger Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian first struck a low shot into the net before steering home a Jamie Vardy pull back.

Mahrez has been a regular in the Foxes’ team this season but has struggled to hit the heights he reached in the Championship last season.

He has been quite inconsistent but as he showed on Saturday, is capable of being a match-winner on his day. The Algerian is a quick and nifty winger, with a very strong left foot. He has been preferred to Anthony Knockaert, who has been confined to the reserves this season.

Mahrez’s brace doubled his seasonal tally in his 28 appearances. He is constantly looking to make things happen. He is Leicester’s most creative player, having created 40 chances on goal, whilst attempting a mighty 130 dribbles, completing 67 of them.

On Saturday, Mahrez improved on that 52% success rate, completing four of his six attempted dribbles and was clinical, with two of his three shots finding the back of the net.

The winger may not be the biggest of names but his pace and direct style are proving to be useful weapons for the hard-working Foxes, who now look almost certain to remain a Premier League club, having been rooted to the bottom of the table for so long.

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